Whose idea was it to make a greatest hits mixtape anyway? Come on, fess up…. Ok fine, it was me. The thing is I am so freaking predictable when it comes to the music I like. Especially when it comes to finding some band that not everyone has heard to make a greatest hits. I bet everyone thought I would pick Steely Dan or Cake, right? Well guess what? I’m not going to give you the satisfaction. So there.
Something has always amazed me about Elton John; he doesn’t write his own lyrics. Because of that my brain can sometimes get stuck on songs like Levon and Country Comfort, I mean come on. “Well she asked me if sometime I’d fix her barn, Poor old girl she needs a hand to run the farm.” Yeah Sir Elton John helping to repair a barn? I can’t buy that. HOWEVER I cannot and will not deny the GENIUS of his piano playing and composing. If you can hear him play piano without it touching you, then there’s something dead inside of you.
Elton John’s Greatest Hits ALA Jen seeing as how she doesn’t LOVE Elton John like everyone else in the world
Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters – Isn’t it odd how you one of your very favorite songs can come from a man whose catalog of music isn’t that appealing to you?
Levon – I love this song so much, that I was planning to name my first child after it. (when I was 18) Of course I thought better of it, but I did name my cat Levon.
Harmony – Ok, to me, Harmony and Tiny Dancer are interchangeable, but Tiny Dancer is more overplayed. Meanwhile, I really don’t know the difference between the two.
I picked this live version because he really sounds like he can rock now, with that deep voice of his.
Country Comfort – see above. Meanwhile still love this song, it’s like the fake version of Rocky Mountain High – with a piano.
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me – I guess this is another gimme. But man, do I love to belt this one out!
I would have included Don’t Go Breaking My Heart , but somehow I felt that would be cheating. The song was never released on an album, only as a single as Elton John and Kiki Dee. And it really is a disco anthem. I could put it on any greatest hits, not just this one.
Also, if you doubt at all how gifted Elton John is, I suggest watching this video of him doing Inside The Actor’s Studio, he demonstrates how he is more in danger of running out of lyrics than music.
Here’s the fun part! The rules of Twisted MixTape are as such: Try and create a 5 song mix based on this week’s theme. This week our theme is Best of Any Band, make a 5 song playlist of your favorite songs from one band and you’re done! Easy Peasy for our Holiday Weekend!
Take it easy, make it flow, remember in your mind you are creating your mixtape for a friend.
Create your own post and link it up, or put your mix in the comments. If you are going to link-up there must be a song – relating to the theme – in your post. And really, if you’re not ready to link up with us, no worries! We love songs in the comments! So bring it!
This week I’m unveiling my new blog Raised on the Radio. I’d love for you to go visit. It’s a place for anyone to share memories of music from when the only way to hear it was on the radio or buying the album. I’m sending out a call to one and all to write a guest post about music. I want regular people, not just wackadoodle music freaks. If you’ve got an idea, let me know!
Please visit your fellow mix-makers, and if you can, comeback every so often to see if anyone new has arrived. Share this all over the place, the more the merrier! And go visit my lovely cohort, without whom I would have never had the guts to make this happen – Kristi at Finding Ninee. She’s always got a song, a funny story and some silly Drawrings. Mostly, just have fun, there’ s no pressure here.
And if you need to own these songs, please click these links to go to iTunes:
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters – Honky Château
Levon – Madman Across the Water
Harmony – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Country Comfort – Tumbleweed Connection (Remastered)
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me – The Lost Boys (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – The Greatest Hits 1970-2002
The List Of All Lists:
September 10 – Make a mix for a friend of songs you think are beautiful. Either because they make you happy, they are musically composed in some way because they are pleasing to you or they just plain make you think…this is beautiful. (that doesn’t always mean happy)
September 17 – Free for all! New feature! Every 6 weeks I’m gonna post a free for all. Make a mix, any mix! Whatever speaks to you is AOK with me. Maybe you have a theme in your head, an idea to showcase. WHATEVER YOU WANT!
September 24 – Relaxing slow jams. You wanna chill, you want your friends to chill. Any genre from rock to jazz to hip-hop, but it’s gotta be slow-jams
October 1 – Our own Troy from As Long As I’m Singing contributed this week’s theme: the (5) seminal songs who made you the person you are today. The shutter-openers, the wakers, the “I can see clearly now the rain is goners.” The tunes that forced you to look in the mirror and say, “Hey good-looking, you seem familiar, yet new.”
October 8 – I wouldn’t love these songs so much if they weren’t part of a Soundtrack. Your favorite songs from soundtracks, could be anywhere from pop music you love to original scores, you decide. Try and use the point of view that it was the Soundtrack that made you love the song.